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Rodgers says he’ll play in Pro Bowl

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 18, 2012 – 10:38 am

QB Aaron Rodgers told Milwaukee radio station 540 ESPN that he plans to play in the Pro Bowl, for which he was voted the NFC starter. The Pro Bowl is slated for Jan. 29 in Honolulu.

The Packers coaching staff will be coaching the NFC squad in Hawaii, with practices beginning next week.

Other Packers named to the Pro Bowl squad were CB Charles Woodson, LB Clay Matthews, NT B.J. Raji, FB John Kuhn, C Scott Wells and WR Greg Jennings. Whether or not all of them will play isn’t known. Kuhn was injured in the NFC divisional playoff loss to the Giants. Along with Kuhn, Raji and Wells are first-time Pro Bowlers.

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101 Responses to “Rodgers says he’ll play in Pro Bowl”

  1. By This Guy on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    ^ is a troll

  2. By Nolan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    This is a response to the first comment. When people ask you who your favorite team is, don’t even consider telling them your a Packer fan, and if you aren’t that’s even better. But, Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best qb in the league. So if asked, just tell people you’re a fairweather fan.

  3. By Nolan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    And at least have the balls to put your name behind it.

  4. By idahopackerbacker on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    A-rod had a terrible game in the playoffs, i personally think he was just rusty with his rhythm with the offense. look at the colts when they went 14-2 a couple years back, lost in the divisional round. teams need to stop worrying about injury and just play the full season, it never helps to rest. and idiot that left the first comment you must be a bears fan or just no football brain at all, A-rod is and will be the best qb in the nfl for many years to come!

  5. By Nolan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rust didnt have anything to do with it. How many drives were stalled by a dropped pass, or a fumble. Take away the drops and Rodgers is probably 33-44 with probably 300 and 3 tds. The one bad throw he had was the 3rd down to Finley.

  6. By ZanGoPackerCali on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    That idahopackerbacker comment is one of the best Ive read and I really cant say much to add to it because it is in its completeness….McCarthy? Please take note next time your team is having this good of a season. Keep them in game..keep their heads focused and dont lose site of that goal. Lets go get one next year.

  7. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not the ending we had hoped for but Aaron Rodgers earned, and deserves this; as well as being worthy of the League MVP. Go Pack Go…coming back even stronger next season!

  8. By gary on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas has Packers already picked to win it all next season!!!

  9. By Richard Hermann on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Only a small handful of teams would not gladly swap their QBs for Rogers.

    Rogers made only a few poor throws in the Div playoff game. Note the 1st downs he got with his legs to keep drives alive. Few QBs in the league can do that. Drops killed drives and took points off the board. It’s tough to fight double coverages as the Giants could get good pressure with their four great DLs. Dropping 7 and still getting a good pass rush is very tough to overcome.

  10. By ND Packer Fan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hey all who thinks Packers are not competitive or have the drive, should not even be on here. I am and always will be a Fan of the Grenn and Gold. Packer fans are number 1, we all stop and say things to each other, and because of this, Packer Fans are Family Fans, we are a Packer Family, no matter what, we still love our team, By the way I want to say thanks to A-Rod, thanks for giving me your autogragh, I still have it, on the football, when I was there in Title Town, Great Season, and More to come, Who ever says Packers are cheese heads, I am proud to be ONE, I hope again, I can join all those folks up there in Green Bay, Next Season for a game, If tickets are available, I got lucky, on this years, But would love to get a Couple tickets for next year, at least one game anyway, The people of GreenBay were so helpful and friendly, and all Proud to be Packer Fans, it was so Great to be apart of something that I dreamed of doing, I hope I get that chance again, God Bless our Packers You are Great

  11. By Don on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m still a Packer fan, McCarthy fan and a fan of the Packer players. They Lost two games this season, come on? Please refrain from naming players names if you’re going to talk “smack” about them. They don’t deserve it and they have families. If your life was in a “fish bowl” would you like to read about the mistakes that you have made while at work and then get to have your family read them too? I sure wouldn’t. Now all of you nay sayers get a life….it’s a game.

  12. By belto on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    we need to run the ball more or better so when we play teams like the giants they just dont load up with defenders in the secondary while 4 guys fly like hell to get to the QB. Starks looked so good on a few runs. Aaron is the best QB in the league but unless the line starts protecting better the run game has to get going. I think that those years that Amhad Green was so good helped lengthen Favre’s career. Need to do the same for Aaron. If he wasn’t focused on so much just imagine how could he could be. Same goes for Clay on the otherside. No one in the league got double or triple teamed as much as Clay did this year. Have to draft or trade for someone that can compliment him. Like Zombo, Walden, Jones and So’oto but we need someone that atracts attention like Clay, not a work in progress.

  13. By Venna on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    To the very 1st Comment..You suck I don’t get why you even is on Green-bay website. We don’t need your negatively around this website. take your disrespectful to your team website and talk about those player because I know you ain’t no packers fan talking like that.

  14. By erica on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I am glad to see Aaron Rodgers in the Pro Bowl. He is THEE BEST Quarterback. I Know the Packers lots last Sunday but there is Next year and I will always always root for my Green Bay Packers! NO MATTER WHAT! only true fans stand behind a team weather it be a one loss to get to the Super Bowl or it be a sucky season.

  15. By LombardiToFavrePackerFan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    GreenBay will be lucky to return to what they accomplished this year (15 – 1 and beholding the title of the first 15 – 1 team one and done in the playoffs) anytime soon.

    Romeo Crennel of K.C. exposed the way to defeat Rodger and McCarthy. Pressure Rodgers with your 4 defensive linemen, play 7 back and hit the receivers at the line of scrimmage. Disrupt the timing and you have overthrows and dropped passes like we saw against the Giants.

  16. By packers n.y. on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I,m from New York but I was really pulling for the Pack. I’ve been a Packer’s fan since the Lombardi days, I must admit you cant expect to to win games with turnovers. Yes , i think I would have let Rodgers
    play a quarter or half in the last Detroit game. I don’t think he was sharp
    in the game with the Giants. Had the Pack not turned the ball over and kill potential scoring drives they would probably be playing the 49 ers this week. i t just really hurts to find out that your 15 and 1 season is worthless now . I t really sucks. The signs were showing on defense in the last couple of games. It caught up with them. I still can’t believe what I saw in the last seconds before half time . Three packers standing around the giants receiver helpless to do anything . Vince lombardi I just could imagine him yelling out there , “What the hell is going on out there” . Lastly … the Packer players had this beaten look on their faces when they came out in the second half . Oh well the rest is history. Go Pack Go ……. Mr. McCarthy please make sure to get another pass rusher to go along with a Mathews . You can’t let these QB’s stand around and wait for targets to open . Eli had too much time to throw . He should have been knocked on his a$$ more often. P.S. I hate to see Tom Brady again in another Superbowl and not having the Pack there to take him down. Thx, NY

  17. By junior on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    i love the packers to death but i have to say that i think this will be the only time we will see the packers as super bowl champs i feel that A-Rod is going to be a great quarterback in the league but i feel that he is going to go out like brett with only one championship under his belt

  18. By packerbacker on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Aaron rodgers didnt have a bad game its not his fault we lost its not his fault finely dropped some balls and kuhn and grant fumbled A-rod ur the best qb in the game right now next year we gunna go all the way

  19. By Randall L. Pouwels, Ph.D. (Mimbresman) on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nolan, I think you’re right about Rodgers. Any QB would have been shaken up by all those turnovers, fumbles, and dropped passes. With a porous defense, all the pressure has been on him to win. So when the people around him failed to do their jobs, I am sure it shook his confidence. He not only never got into his rhythm, he lost some of his composure.

  20. By DCkasekopf on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Watch him get like a 150 QB rating in Honolulu! LOL

  21. By raymond waddell on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    It was a shame so many Packer fans sold their tickets and made the Giants feel at home. What were they thinking? It is a privilege to be at a Packer game and many did not see it that way.

  22. By John on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well yeah! Cuz he is NOT playing the SUPER BOWL as expected! ugh

  23. By John on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Who do I blame for the Packers not making it this year? Not Rodgers AT ALL! He did what he had to do. Now the DEFENSE on the other hand, thats a different story. How can a teams offense almost put up 40+ points a game and still only win by a hair? The defense was HORRIBLE all year and it finally bit the team in the @$$ when the offense was held in check. I REALLY hope the Packers make some HUGE changes on defense….PLEASE!!!

  24. By Lawrence on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    What bugged me was our Packers saying that they were beaten by a better team. Not the case. The Defense played OK. Not great, but they held their own. The offense owes us an apology. Dropped balls, fumbles and missed passes is not what is expected from great players that are paid millions of dollars because they don’t drop passes! I guess a bad game is bound to happen, but don’t insult the Packer Nation, by saying New York was better. Admit that some of you didn’t fully show up. Still a fan. but tell it like it is and accept responsibility.

  25. By Lawrence on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    We will relentlessly chase perfection….

  26. By Casper Banke on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Packers did a great job this season. How many teams can brag about a 15-1 record?

    The playoff sucked. Not doubt. But they were just beaten by the hotter team. The Packers wheren’t in sync, and they were just unlucky. They had an off-day. It happens.

    Uncharacteristicly A. Rod missed a couple of times, but he is after all just human, but still a damn good QB, the best!

  27. By LombardiToFavrePackerFan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Playoff games bring about a lot more pressure than during the regular season. You lose, you go home – it’ over, there is no tomorrow.

    The frozen Tundra of Lambeau field proved to be an advantage under the tenures of Starr and Favre.

    The jury is still out on Rodgers whether being successful during the warmer weather months will be of benefit during home field playoff games.

    The Giant’s defense wasn’t fooled by Rodgers ala Favre signal inflections. The dead giveaway was Rodgers with his hands in the belt hand warmer while this foolery transpired, then he would take his hands out, yell 3-19 and the ball was then hiked.

    It’s a different playing environment playing in freezing weather. The chemistry of the ball changes and throwing it too hard can lead to dropped passes so I do not blame all the receivers for dropping balls nor do I blame all the receivers when they are trying to catch frozen footballs near their facemasks when the ball could have been better thrown as it was during warmer weather games.

    Plain and simple, without any running game and defense, the other 31 teams in the NFL will have the recipe on how to shutdown Rodgers.

    Frustration is apart of the game, especially in playoff games. Rodgers frustration shut him down both last weekend and in K.C.

  28. By Mark Dupuy on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Man, I just can’t believe the number of people (and supposed Packer fans) who are voicing doubts about Aaron Rodgers. The guy MVP’s last year’s Super Bowl. He is probably the league MVP this year. Yes, he missed a couple of passes in last week’s loss, but how many passes were dropped that he threw right into the hands of his receivers? The same thing happened in their loss to KC. Rodgers doesn’t panic in the pocket and he runs well when he needs to. If you don’t think that the Packers have the QB, coaching, and talent to go back to the SB next year, then you don’t know much about football.

  29. By LombardiToFavrePackerFan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you don’t go to the Super Bowl with a 15 – 1 record, with home field advantage throughout the playoffs, taking advantage of the cold, snow and wind, just how do you get back to the Super Bowl.

    Starr and Favre repeated in back to back years.

    Remember the Ice Bowl? You are being exposed to the cold effect drop-off not only upon the opposing team, but Mr. Rodgers neighborhood too.

  30. By Howie G on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I believe the loss of a person ,a close member of the packers family had alot to do with why everyone seemed off on Sunday. May GOD bless the young mans soul.

  31. By Howie G on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    P.S. Lord , also ,please bless the defense with a MONSTER pass rush,and some cornerbacks that can actually cover. thank you, in the name of JESUS , AMEN

  32. By Howie G on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    P.S. Lord , also ,please bless the defense with a MONSTER pass rush,and some cornerbacks that can actually cover. thank you, in the name of JESUS , AMEN

  33. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Great Lombardi – “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall”. From the coaching to the players, there was enough blame to go around. Quit crying about it and move on. You’re either a Packer Fan or you’re not! The Pack WILL be Back, and I’ll be right there as I have been for 49 years to support and enjoy them! Go Green & Gold!

  34. By Jannes Bjornson on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Disgraceful, amateur playing of a hail mary pass. Failing to recognize the same running play called by the giants prior to the time out? called, letting bradshaw pick up 23 yds and to top it off not tackling him in-bounds…that’s the game and the season right there. I hope peprah and bush are rewarded with a nice piece of PINK paper.

  35. By Jannes Bjornson on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    How do you not go to a super bowl with a 15-1 record? You stop running the ball when you have success doing it and beating down on the front four. You fail to expose their Lbs in coverage with the RBs etc and you don’t challenge their press coverage with stacked WRs and cross routes.

  36. By JerseyPackman on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I am reading a lot of doubt from a lot of people who claim to fans of the Pack. I can still feel that nasty loss from the other night, on top of that I’m surrounded by Giant fans. 15-1 is a great season, and yea it sucks that it lead to an early exit. I’m willing to put any amount of money on it that the Packers will be back to their Juggernaut form next season. It just wasn’t our year. Imagine a guy like Aaron Rodgers with a chip the size of that divisional rd game on his shoulder. Or that defense thirsty to prove that they wernt themselves the year before. Add one of the best head Coach-GM combos in the league. I can’t wait until opening kickoff!!!!!

  37. By Packfanmanagain on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Need a 3-4 ROLB Pass rusher? Here’s my Top 10 list for the upcoming draft. This is a possible draft order for them. Of course, we could always go with what we have (haha).

    Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
    Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
    Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
    Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
    Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
    Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE, Oklahoma
    Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
    Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
    Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
    Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia

  38. By Lawrence on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    About Donald Driver:
    Still better than most receivers. He is worth keeping. Hopefully something can be worked out, but if it can’t.
    Don’t ever compare him to brent faver. The situation is not the same in the least bit. God bless Driver if he has to go elsewhere, but I hope he stays.

  39. By hippster on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    next year you all should offer the refs some of stock you have been selling and then they can give your team even more help than they did this year. everyone who watched you get your butts kicked saw for themselfs that greenbay had the refs in the bag.pittyful

  40. By Love A-Rod and teammates. on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    I completely agree w/Erica’s comments. I too am happy that he is going to play in the Pro-Bowl. Even though he was very disappointed with the loss, A-Rod is a born-again Christian and inwardly he knows that it just wasn’t God’s Will that they get to the SB, but he is acting like a real man of God by putting the loss behind him and being willing to play in the PB. Unlike many Packer fans,he has BACKBONE not WISHBONE. Great Job A-Rod and team. I too will stand with the Packers no matter what.
    After all, you can’t win them all and Packer fans, you shouldn’t expect them to do so either.

  41. By montanapackfan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    @ hippster

    I would wager that any Packer fan in here would denounce each of those bad calls from the game. What we have that you so sorely lack is character. Had we won the game with the fumble that didn’t get called and the non-hit to Arod’s head…..it would have been a tainted, contentious win that no self-respecting Packer fan could palette.
    As Big Cheese so aptly put under the Giants vs. Packers blog…”you have been punked”

    Roll on Green Roll on

  42. By bryan86 on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Excuse me hippster the only thing the packers have in thier pockets are 13 titles and get ready because they will go for another one next year. Hope your team is not on the schedule cause thats an ass kicking in the making.

  43. By bryan86 on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    For the first comment its only three letters MVP

  44. By Rick Sloan on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    Anybody else notice all the giants that layed on the field to slow things down and then were in after one play?If a packer was down he was helped off the field and then taken to the locker room.

  45. By JIm on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    MIKE VANDERMAUSE | Green Bay Press-Gazette |
    Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:15 am

    GREEN BAY — The Packers just got bounced from this year’s Super Bowl sweepstakes, but that hasn’t stopped the betting folks in Las Vegas from listing them as the favorite to win next year’s championship.

    Despite their 37-20 loss to the New York Giants Sunday, the Packers have the best odds to win the Super Bowl in 2013 at the Louisiana Superdome, according to the so-called betting experts.

    The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook favors the Packers at 5-1. Another team that lost in the divisional round of the playoffs this past weekend, the New Orleans Saints, has the second-best odds of winning next year’s Super Bowl at 6-1.

    Here is a list of betting odds for Super Bowl XLVI:

    Green Bay PACKERS 5/1
    New Orleans SAINTS 6/1
    New England PATRIOTS 8/1
    Pittsburgh STEELERS 12/1
    Philadelphia EAGLES 12/1
    Baltimore RAVENS 12/1
    Houston TEXANS 15/1
    San Francisco 49ERS 20/1
    New York GIANTS 20/1
    San Diego CHARGERS 15/1
    Dallas COWBOYS 20/1
    New York JETS 20/1
    Atlanta FALCONS 20/1
    Detroit LIONS 20/1
    Chicago BEARS 30/1
    Cincinnati BENGALS 40/1
    Indianapolis COLTS 40/1
    Carolina PANTHERS 40/1
    Kansas City CHIEFS 50/1
    Miami DOLPHINS 50/1
    Oakland RAIDERS 50/1
    Arizona CARDINALS 50/1
    Seattle SEAHAWKS 50/1
    Tennessee TITANS 50/1
    Denver BRONCOS 50/1
    Buffalo BILLS 50/1
    Minnesota VIKINGS 50/1
    Tampa Bay BUCCANEERS 50/1
    Cleveland BROWNS 100/1
    Washington REDSKINS 100/1
    St Louis RAMS 100/1
    Jacksonville JAGUARS 100/1

  46. By jerluvspack on Jan 18, 2012 | Reply

    To all those that are clearly not packer fans…. it must really be rough for you! To have such a low self esteem, the only way you can feel better about yourself is by blogging complete bull#*!@ on a packer website. Maybe you should set your sights a little higher !

  47. By Michael on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see that he’ll play in the Pro Bowl, hope the rest of the Packers players can make it there as well. On a side note though, what’s with all the religious comments on here? This is a sports website, not some church page. Keep your bible thumping to yourself

  48. By Paul on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Folk’s, just take a deep breath and relax. The season is over and there are no do overs! Living in Australia I was really looking forward to taking game day off throughout the playoffs (your Sundays our Mondays) without pay just to watch the Pack. What I would do to be back in Green Bay as I have family just down the road from the Stadium. Blame me for the teams loss as it was the first time I did not wear a G.B.P. tee-shirt under my uniform! For that I accept total responsibility for the loss. The only way the Packers will not make it to the Show again is for the NFL to revoke their charter and disband the team. Just not going to happen. So, on a lighter note consider this. Did you really want the Packers exposed to Madonna? She is like the kiss of death for success. Married Shaun Penn: not heard from again for almost 20 years got divorced then became a successful actor and director. Had something to do with Christina Aguilera: Had to cancel a concert tour as she busted a knee or something along those lines. Brittney Spears: Swap some spit and her life became an absolute train wreck. Dennis Rodman: Need I say more? Last but not least, at the time, up and coming movie director Guy Ritchie: Lock, Stock and Snatch. Marries Madonna, puts her in his movie it was soooo bad it went straight to video. Then nothing until divorce and then back making good movies. Did you really want the The Pack to be potentially exposed to this at half time? I think not! 16-0-SB next year! All the best!

  49. By LombardiToFavrePackerFan on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    One thing I find interesting from the generational aspect of what constitutes being a model packer fan are those who are quick to bring up the label of not being such a fan when viewpoints are expressed contrary to what they feel is appropriate.

    Perhaps then, being I am a stockholder too, I will express my views from a business perspective.

    With last years late run through the playoffs and winning the Super Bowl parlayed into an unbeaten streak extending through out much of this season until that Kansas City game.

    Green Bay was embarrassed during that game – the Kansas City Chiefs? Some would say on any given day, one NFL team can beat another, but this game was different for it exposed how to beat Green Bay and the Giants took note as their version of that Kansas City freight train rolled through Lambeau to end this season Super Bowl chances as well.

    The NFL is now a pass happy league with rule changes far enhancing Rodgers than Starr or Favre ever saw. It’s a league that will eventually catch up to the latest fab and now KC and the Giants have caught up and so too will the other 29 teams in this league.

    Green Bay has to make drastic changes if they ever want to get back to the Super Bowl. One man cannot win it all so if you still want to bet the farm on Mr. Rodgers, you will most certainly end up like this season.

  50. By Rob on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    No Excuses, but the reality is: attend a wake on Thursday, Funeral on Friday, suprised return on Saturday and up in the press box on Sunday. Nobody could explain why MP was on the river at 2:30am. A team of 20 somethings dealing with the first close death experience of someone their own age. Drops, Fumbles, Miscommunication, missed tackles. All point to lack of focus. That why MM went for a onside kick so early, trying to jump start the urgency, didn’t happened and they plodded through all game. Aaron is still the man. They will get back next year. Go Pack Go

  51. By LombardiToFavrePackerFan on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    No excuses, but….

    Adversity is just not limited to a football game. Those who consistently win under adverse conditions are those who are consistently consistent from year to year.

    We saw absolutely opposite of this during the K.C and Giants game.

    Green Bay lacks a running game. Their 3 – 4 defensive scheme has been shredded all season, almost next to last in statistics.

    Green Bays 15 -1 formula was to score more point than their opposition via the pass.

    Now that K.C and the Giants can shut down “The Pass”, Green Bays glaring deficiencies will game planned for next year so unless these HUGE holes are addressed and fixed, I expect the same next year – Green Bay beating those teams which cannot pressure with just 4 defensive linemen in order to play 7 back with hit and run on their receivers.

    But, when they play those teams which can, K.C and Giant examples will most certainly come back again and prevent any return trip to the Super Bowl.

  52. By s.c. packer backer on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    ive been a packer fan all my life. originally from wisconsin i know all about cold weather. this years playoff run or lack there of comes down to one thing having homefield advantage only helps in greenbay if you can run the ball and play good defense. we had issues all year with both. i love my packers but i miss ahman green and last years defense. hoprfully we have a good draft and some descent free agent pickups. if so we can be a team that is unstoppable especially with a good running game to offset our grade a passing game go pack go

  53. By Jamie from england on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Go packers go, whoop whoop we love you aaron rogers

  54. By Jamie from england on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    I am new to football, is playing in the pro ball good

  55. By Jamie from england on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Jog on non packer fans, we rule you suck, there i said it now f*%k of

  56. By Jude on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Rob hit the nail on the head – all the talk & blame about the weak defense, rust vs. rest, and fumbling offense but the real problem (that 900 lb. gorilla that everyone is ignoring) is the death of the OC’s son. The Pack does so well because it is a family and when you have a member of your family suddenly & tragically gone – the mindset needed for vistory is gone too. Everyone kept talking about AR timing with his receivers being off and the tight precision he had is what you lose when your main coach is gone and everyone is thinking about their loved ones and how they would cope with a death of a child. The real blame or shame of it all is that we are so driven by the money involved with the play-off games, that the NFL organization doesn’t have the compassion or sportsmanship to rule a week postponement for the game to make sure both teams are mentally ready to play (if for nothing else but to make sure there are no injuries caused by distracts from playing 48 hours after burying their family’s son).

  57. By Chris from Cape May on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Go A-Rod and the Pack. Wish I could go to Hawaii to watch!!!
    The Pro Bowl should be a welcome retreat after having played in WI this winter (it could have been worse).

  58. By PackerFan 1962 on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    I got after some fans that were talking bad after the game. NOT what Packer fans do! No matter what we back our team! Thats what makes us great! I live in “duh bares” country now and no matter where I go here in Illinois….if I see someone with Packer gear on I say “Go Pack Go” and they always fist pump back and say the same! Its always a great day to be a Packer Fan,….and now I don’t care who wins the Super Bowl cuz the Pack ain’t in it! :) Packer Fan for life….GPG!!!!

  59. By FanfromAdelaide! on Jan 19, 2012 | Reply

    Watching the game in our off season of AFL, I have to say I’m a great fan of your game and the the Packers (Raji’s td, what a classic!). Aaron Rogers is an excellent athlete and sportsman in a great team. Looking forward to watching their success next season and maybe one day I’ll round up the family and make the pilgrimage to Lanbeau!

  60. By TimthePackerFan on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Pro-Bowl isn’t much concellation for not making a showing in the playoffs. Most teams work hard to get to the playffs then turn it up for a run at the Super Bowl. This has to be the first time I saw my team turn it down a notch. I know there are circumstances that play into everything put I know longer want to accept, ya it was a great season so that’s enough. This team has some players that could be Great!! So I think it’s time we hold them to a new standard of excellence and not except them to lose a playoff game at home ever again.

  61. By Lee on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Read the posts. I’ve always believed that any team on any given day could win or lose. The playoff game could be hashed out for a lifetime. It is clear that Aaron Rodgers is the “leader of the Pack”. I don’t think he would every point fingers at any of his teammates.

    So – enough rehashing. Let the wound heal and then go forward to the 2012 season. From a woman’s point of view.

  62. By Lee on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Earlier post from Rob. I definitely agree with you about the Offensive Coordinator’s son’s death. You are also right on target about how the loss affected the entire Packer family. I’m old enough to be a mother (or a cool aunt) to many of the players. I wish I could have then all over for hot chocolate and a nice big hug. Life experience – it is what it is.

  63. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    “I have been wounded but not yet slain. I shall lie here and bleed awhile. Then I shall rise and fight again. The title of Champion may from time to time fall to others more than ourselves. But the heart, the spirit, and the soul of Champions remains in Green Bay.”

  64. By montanapackfan on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    @ Big Cheese

    Very nice Big Cheese…did you pen that or find this in the storied annals of Packerdom?

    Oh I left a few comments under your ‘left hooks” at Mr. Reality in the Packer/Giants game blog.

    Roll on Green roll on

  65. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Montana, that’s Vince. And I saw that reply on the other thread. You know that’s my Brother?, he’s an extemist and we go back and forth all the time. He enjoys trying to get me going. Appreciated what you wrote, it was right on. I’m finally starting to shake off the events of Sunday, though it will never entirely pass. At least I’m able to watch the NFL Network and Sports Center again without getting mad. We both know next year will be exciting! Go Pack Go…

  66. By montanapackfan on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Roll on Rodgers….Roll on Green Roll on

  67. By montanapackfan on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Your real Brother???

  68. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yes real Brother, and he’s messin with you, just heard from him and read the other thread. He’s a good sport tho, and very deep…Pack will be back ..

  69. By life long on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    Great year. just picked a bad day to have a bad day… and for u mr “lombardi to favre” the years have clouded your memory how many games the beloved favre intercepted away.Including a chance for another trip to the super bowl. maybe your moniker means u r no longer a fan. The team will learn from this setback, the mgmt will continue to draft the best available, and we will improve

  70. By jean on Jan 21, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a Packers fan for the better part of 50 years!!! I loved them then and still love them now! Like it has been said, everyone has bad days, it was just too bad it had to be in the playoffs! Go green and gold!! Aaron is the best!! We WILL be back next year! And, my best to Donald Driver. What a humble person and a great player. Sure hope to have you back next year!!!

  71. By MKEPete on Jan 21, 2012 | Reply

    Okay–so the Pack lost in the 1st round of the playoffs! Are we disappointed–yes, but how disappointed do you think the players and coaching staff are? They fell off the mountain top that they thought they were going to reach again this year…it happens!! Let’s get a grip here! We have the best QB in the league and a solid group of receivers in spite of a few drops here and there. We need to improve our running game to give Aaron some balance to work play action off of. And we all know that the defense has to improve…32nd in the league…c’mon man! The coaching staff (whoever will be left after all the open head coaching positions are filled) and Ted know what has to be done during the off season. Let’s just wait and see how they handle the draft and free agent situation before flying off the handle. Those of us who lived through the post-Lombardi era up to Holmgren, Favre, and Reggie are just grateful that the team and organization have been pursuing excellence year after year! Keep the faith…Go Pack!

  72. By Don Hmielewski on Jan 21, 2012 | Reply

    To all of the people who put the Packers down. Grow up.They had a record breaking season this year.Aaron Rodgers is the league MVP, and the fans are the best in the league.I have lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin all my life and this past sunday I went to Lambeau for the first time.I don’t care what team you support, you have to go to Lambeau Field at least once in your life.standing on the corner waiting to take the bus to the game,every single care honked their horn and gave a thumbs up. did I mention that every body in the cars were wearing Packers gear? all along the route houses had full yards with hundreds of people tailgating. when we arrived at the stadium, every one was just so freindly and down right pleasant. yes, we lost but every team is afflicted by that. I don’t believe in resting players and I think that caused us to lose.just my 2 cents.so next time you decide to put down us cheeseheads or our team, come here and experience gameday in GreenBay. you will leave a better person. GO PACK GO !!!

  73. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 21, 2012 | Reply

    Some good positive posts. Can’t wait till next season! Go Pack Go… And congratulations to Joe, although you’ll be missed, you’re worthy of Head Coach Status….

  74. By packerfaninma on Jan 21, 2012 | Reply

    Like someone said “They picked a bad time to have a bad game” There were many factors that lead to the Packers early playoff exit and anyone who watched knows what they were. We are Packer fans and win or loose we will still stay true. I went to the store on Monday with my shirt and coat and had someone say to me they lost yesterday what are you wearing that for ? I turned around and told him I’m not a New England fan and I support my team win or loose. GO PACK GO can’t wait for next year.
    p.s. I hope someone knocks out the Patriots

  75. By junior on Jan 21, 2012 | Reply

    i still say that A-Rod is going to win only one super bowl in his career. unless the packers pick up some monster pass rushers in the draft or on free agency and nick colins comes back. untill then he will this probably will be his only super bowl title

  76. By allen on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    My martin acoustic tribute to the GBP team.. Us fans got your back!

  77. By David Bielunski on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    Green Bay Packers – 1/20 – Nick Hill (QB) signed.

    And just like that – The Rodgers Era is Over…and let the Nick Hill Era Begin…!!!
    Aaron is has been great but GBP has a low threshold for losing; so pack those bags Mister, it is off to Buffalo with you in exchange for a 7th round pick.

  78. By Michael Anderson on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a green bay packer fan since 1967….I dont like football…..rather i love the green bay packers….BUT I am sorry to hear that Rodger is going to play in the pro bowl when he had a chance to play against the NY Giants in the playoffs last week…..Also….is finley on the trading block? If you want to see how to play tight end watch NE…..they have two…..I remain a (Disappointed) PACKER FAN TO THE END

  79. By Cali on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    Micheal A., There’s nothin’ to be dissapointed about. This just wasn’t our year. This team is so loaded with talent, there will be plenty of chances for another title. Goin’ 15-1 the season after you win the Superbowl is pretty damn good. Plus, Rodgers played pretty much lights out all season. Sucks it was one and done, but whatta ride!! The Pack will return to the Big Stage Next Year!! Believe it!! GO PACK GO!! RODGERS MVP!!

  80. By montanapackfan on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    @David Bielunski

    Surely you jest….right?

  81. By dag on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    The way Rodger’s was playing it looked like he wanted to not go to Indy. What can Brett Favre that Rodger’s can not do? Take the Packers to back to back Super Bowls and win playoff games at home.

  82. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 22, 2012 | Reply

    Dave B. – just ridiculous. Cali, welcome back, I feel your pain. Good job in how you’ve reacted. We will be back with a more complete team next year. We have to after what I’ve seen with the 49ers this year. That is one helluva team. I have no concern with the Giants or Saints next season. Can’t stand that Marcia Brady and Belicheat are going against the G-String arrogant thugs in the big game. Not sure who I hate more so hopefully they beat the shirt outta each other. PACK WILL BE BACK …….

  83. By montanapackfan on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t stand that wining, arrogant Brady either nor the Giants Big Cheese. I may just go fishing on SB Sunday boycotting a game where I cannot in good conscience….root for either team. I am sure that this may have happened in a past SB but I can’t remember.
    Cali I too can’t wait for next season for the sooner we avenge this year’s untimely demise, the easier we’ll all overlook what may have been. With Philbin gone now and the certainty of necessary changes pending, a new excitement is already building for what we all know to be true…the Pack will rise up again this fall with a renewed focus and determination. Looking forward to next year…it can’t come too soon…

    Roll on Green Roll on

  84. By Cali on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Pack lose at home and the Favre/Rodgers comparisons come to surface, again. WHY???? Since last season, Rodgers won a Superbowl, got Superbowl MVP honors(Farve never won ‘Bowl MVP),took the team 15-1(best record in franchise history),set the NFL record with the highest QB rating in history, and will win his first league MVP award. His FIRST game at home in the playoffs and it was a loss. Here’s a little tidbit. The Pack where 39-0 at home in the playoffs up untill 2002. Since then the Pack are 2-4. 2-3 under Favre. Just one under Rodgers, so there will be opportunities to win at home. If you’re a REAL Packers fan, you don’t start bad mouthing the QB after one game. Not Rodgers. Not while I’m on here. This team is destined to achieve even more greatness, and with Rodgers at the helm, IT WILL HAPPEN!! We’ll see where you stand next year dag! GO PACK GO!!

  85. By montanapackfan on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    @ Dag

    Favre did get us to back-to-back SB’s…..unfortunately you may have forgotten the outcome of the second—we lost.

    Rodgers is far from done as are our Green and Gold…sit back and enjoy what will be called the greatest Pack dynasty since Vince.

    Roll on Green Roll on

  86. By Cali on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Despite losin’ in the playoffs, this still is one of the best Packers team ever! Rodgers is just gettin’ started. This team is young and hungry, and with Rodgers leadin’ the charge, we will be talkin’ about the GREATEST team in Packer history very soon. Stay tuned!! And a BIG what’s up to montana and BIG CHEESE!! How’s it goin’ fellas?! You know, despite losin’ in the playoffs, I’m still very excited about this team. While most hang there heads in dissapointment, I look to the future with high hopes!! GO PACK GO!!

  87. By Cali on Jan 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hey montana, nice job pointin’ out the fact that Mr. Favre did get us back to the Superbowl, but lost. I’m a liitle upset at the fact some “fans” are already questioning Rodgers’ abiltiy to get this team back to the Superbowl. You people are what I call f’n Idiots!! This team is NOT a one and done team. This team will return to the Superbowl, and will silence the critics once and for all! GO PACK GO!!

  88. By montanapackfan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Cali ya it’s the old “throw the baby out with the bath water” analogy. Rodgers is an amazing QB, with extraordinary skills and he possesses an uncanny accuracy his peers only dare dream of. It’s hard for some to see all the good in the wake of a tough loss when emotions replace objectivity. Perhaps I am an eternal optimist, but rather dwell in negatives I choose to see the good (not forgetting the errors mind you) move on and court the future knowing what we have done well…shall be on display again this fall.

    Roll on Green Roll on

  89. By Cali on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Well said montana. Rodgers will lead this team to greatness. The fact that Rodgers came in and filled really BIG shoes, took this team to the playoffs in his second year, won a title in his third, set records in his fourth and made it back to the playoffs is absolutly impressive. I see nothin’ but big things ahead for this team. GO PACK GO!!

  90. By Cali on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    What the hell is there to moderate, Mr. moderator? Bored?!?!

  91. By montanapackfan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Cali…the moderator only quells those who occasionally suggest letters exist between two vowels not actually typed.Yet when a cut/paste takes up two entire pages…that’s art or free expression and thus cannot be stifled.

    Roll on Green Roll on

  92. By montanapackfan on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    “Oklahoma drill”

    I happened upon this term while reading comments from fans inside the Packers news section. I hate to admit that I was unfamiliar with this term but at least I learned something. I read many comments this year and post season, wondering what happened to our defense….and our tackling. For those of you like me who are unfamiliar with this term…it is blocking and tackling while in full pads on the practice field.
    Per Vic Ketchman the “Oklahoma Drill” was common in Lombardi’s day but nearly non-existent today. So one must ask that “chicken/egg” question: are you a born tackler or do you have to practice it………….just wondering?

    Roll on Green Roll

  93. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Anybody that would question Aaron Rodgers ability knows absolutely nothing about football. Cali and Montana, you are both True Packer Fans; and there are many, many more of us out there. The Pack will be in contention, and will be successful for years to come. Go Pack Go…

  94. By Cali on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks BIG CHEESE. You have to be optimistic if you’re a fan of any team in any sport. When times get tough, if you’re a true fan, you stick with your team, regardless. You’re there to support them when they win, you should be behind ‘em when they lose. Besides, this team isn’t the vikings or bears. We will be back!! Count on it!! GO PACK GO!!

  95. By Cali on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t feel bad montana, I didn’t know it either. I’ll tell you what, though, they should bring it back. Someone need to show these guys how to tackle. I saw a game where the tackler simply pushed the runner, expecting to knock him over. Didn’t work. What makes these guys assume that a push is better than wrapin’ up the player? Anyway. A stronger D and better tackling and this team will return to the ‘Bowl!! We know we don’t have to worry about the offense. Well, despite the butterfinger thing. GO PACK GO!!

  96. By CT_PACK_FAN on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    You’re right on the money Cali. I live in CT and am in the midst of all the Giants and Pats fans but yet I still wear the green PROUDLY!! The pack will def be back in contention next year. Brush up a few loose ends, tighten up on the D a bit and let Rodgers loose with another record setting year!!!

  97. By Cali on Jan 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey CT Pack Fan, nice to see the strong support. That’s a TRUE FAN!! I too still wear my Green & Gold proud!! Like I said, THEY WILL RETURN!! Badder than this season!! GO PACK GO!! RODGERS MVP!!

  98. By montanapackfan on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Big Cheese; you are right on about questioning Rodgers and his abilities. You too are a true-blue fan Big Cheese. When the season’s over I’ll bet like me (if you have one) you are probably still flying your Packer flag proudly off your front porch and sporting the colors on Sunday’s even when we have a bye or….are not playing.
    Thank you too Cali…your posts are right on. I too think one has to be optimistic for the opposite seems futile to me. There are not many fair-weather Packers fans and as you aptly stated; win or lose you have to back the team and look forward to brighter days.
    Ct Pack Fan…..keep up the good fight amidst the enemies territory!!

    Below is Ketchman’s answer to a fan under the news section on the Packer website…interesting take.

    Why, when Vince Lombardi was coaching, lame tackling would not be acceptable?
    He could do something about it. It’s all about player salaries. As players made more money, teams had to back off the daily contact in practice. Players literally became too valuable to risk injuring in a tackling drill. It has reached the point now that coaches are limited in how often they can practice their teams in full pads. Full-contact practices are non-existent these days. In Lombardi’s day, the “Oklahoma drill” was a training camp staple. It was a drill teams did on a routine basis and the intent was to teach blocking and tackling. NFL Films once captured Don Shula running an “Oklahoma” when he was Colts coach; I’ve seen the film clip several times and it always makes me smile. If a coach tried to run an “Oklahoma drill” in a practice these days, he might have a player file a grievance against him. If he conducted an “Oklahoma drill” in training camp and a player developed concussion-like symptoms, the media would vilify the coach. I wonder what Coach Lombardi would think about all of this.

  99. By Cali on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    I understand that you don’t want to hurt your “multi-million dollar” investments, but how else will they learn? If you don’t tackle someone right, we know the end result. Long plays and T.D’s!! Tell the owners and coaches to suck it up!! Quit babying these guys. They’re “tough”, so let ‘em learn how the old guard did it!!

  100. By BIG CHEESE on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Tackling: learned in Pop Warner, executed in High School, honed in College, should already be perfected by draft into the NFL. What a joke.

    And what an even bigger joke to have this match up in the S.B. Juat can’t get excited about it this year. Probably watch the replay of last years instead.

    Cali, Montana, other Cheeseheads, talk soon… Go Pack !

  101. By Cali on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    Yawn!! I said it’s the Pro Bore. It’s really showin’ why itsa BORE!! Too laid back and sloppy. No one shows interest, players or fans. They’re booin’ and I see why. Either play it like it was a regular game, or don’t bother playin’ the stupid thing at all!!!Love seein’ the Packers playin’, though, but it really is a bore! Rodgers MVP!!

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